Love Death Immortality by The Glitch Mob (Glass Air Records)
On Love Death Immortality, the trio of ediT (Edward Ma), Boreta (Justin Boreta) and Ooah (Josh Mayer) have punched up the more visceral qualities of their past efforts, bringing to mind big beat giants The Prodigy, Chemical Brothers and Crystal Method. If you hear the young punk vitality of Howlett, then the trio are doing something right. The Glitch Mob want you to dance and nod your head.
Mind of a Beast opens the album with guitar slashes and skittering piano & synths then lively drums kick in. A hard-edged synth line takes you by the ears and throws you into the mosh pit. Nico Vega vocalist Aja Volkman adds her impassioned voice to Our Demons which starts soulful then becomes something epic, speeding up to a fast pace, dropping out and getting ever bigger, those itchy synths grinding into your psyche. Skullclub will get you dancing uncontrollably with a brilliant blend of rock and electronics. The lead synth lines become The Glitch Mob’s signature sound on the album, taking the place of lead guitar.
Can’t Kill Us is an industrial stomp with hard-hitting drums and metallic synths slicing and sawing away with a little soulful break just so you can catch a breath. On I Need My Memory, Back Volkman’s vocals are chopped up for the Mob’s nod to Daft Punk, lighter drums and looser synths are set to a funky beat that will get your hands in the air and a goofy smile on your face. One of the most captivating songs on the album is Fly By Night Onl,y which features Yaarohs’ lovely vocals. This dancefloor filler best utilizes the guest vocals, letting her flow direct the song more than the beats.
Love Death Immortality’s closing track Beauty of the Unhidden Heart features the vocals of Sacramento duo Sister Crayon‘s Terra Lopez. Her quivering and emotional delivery is backed by spacious ambience, chiming strings and booming percussion, a powerful meeting of talents.
Love Death Immortality is a big leap forward for The Glitch Mob. These new tracks are made to be heard live where the speakers can vibrate the air of a large room. See them on tour this Spring. They will play Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles on May 10, 2014 with Ana Sia and Penthouse Penthouse. Wear your dancing shoes.
(by Bret Miller)